Twin Cities community leader, advocate killed in motorcycle crash


A mentor and longtime advocate for students of color in the Twin Cities died in a motorcycle accident in north-central Washington on Sunday.

Ron McKinley, 64, of St. Paul and his passenger, 49-year-old Ann Johnson, also of St. Paul, were killed when the motorcycle they were riding collided with an oncoming car that crossed the center line, according to The Wenatchee World.

The 25-year-old driver of the car was booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of vehicular homicide, the newspaper reported.

MinnPost reports McKinley dedicated more than four decades of his life to high-profile advocacy for education, founding a number of nonprofits such as the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership.

Although much of his energy was focused on educational initiatives, the Star Tribune says McKinley was dedicated to equality and also worked with organizations that promoted opportunities across a broad array of concerns.

Recently, McKinely operated his own educational consultancy and served as chair of the board of Mixed Blood Theatre and treasurer of the board of Migizi Communications, which promotes messages of success for American Indians.

He is survived by his wife, Devin, daughters Whitney and Channing, and two granddaughters.

Several people expressed their condolences on Twitter:

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